New Autumn/Winter Baa Baa Brew

Have you heard? Baa Baa Brighouse has launched two brand new shades of Baa Baa Brew for the Autumn/Winter 2016 season. Baa Baa Brew is a 100% British Bluefaced Leicester DK yarn which is reared and sheared in the UK, then spun and hand dyed in Yorkshire using traditional methods. The two new colours are typically reminiscent of the season with Bailiff Bridge being a warm orange and Wellholme, a deep pinky red. All Baa Baa Brew yarns are named after areas of Brighouse, the town in which they were dyed. Bailiff Bridge and Wellholme join the expanding palette of Thornhills, Woodhouse, Brookfoot, Rastrick, Clifton and Hove Edge. The names of the new yarns were voted for by the people of Brighouse in an online poll. Our Baa Baa Brew Gift Box, Yarn Pops and Sprig Beanie Hat Knit Kit are also available in the new semi-solid...

Yarndale 2016

Baa Baa Brighouse has just exhibited at the fourth annual Yarndale, held in Skipton, North Yorkshire and what an amazing festival of woolly loveliness it was! The event, held at the Auction Mart, a short distance from the town centre, is the second Yarndale we've had a stand at and the third time we've visited. Having appeared at a number of shows, I have to say Yarndale is by far and away one of the biggest with 180 exhibitors and over 8,000 visitors throughout the weekend. It is meticulously organised with the team of volunteers that help pull the show together doing an absolutely outstanding job - managing the event can be no mean feat as anyone who visited on Saturday will tell you. The crowds came in their droves which is wonderful to see but also means that as exhibitors, we are kept crazily busy all day, so if I didn't get a...

We Review Rowan Super Fine Merino 4 Ply

Rowan Super Fine Merino 4 Ply is one of those dependable yarns that really does what it says on the tin, or ball band, so to speak. Finding myself in the rare position of lacking a work in progress on my needles and faced with a week on the windswept Isle of Harris, I wanted to pack some yarn in my Baa Baa Brighouse Knitting Bag that would knit up easily and adapt itself to a range of projects, having yet to decide what I actually wanted to knit. I had some Yan Tan Tethera Yarn Club hand dyed yarn lurking at the bottom of my bag and hastily grabbed some Rowan Super Fine Merino 4 Ply in colours that I thought might complement the deep purple and burnt orange tones of the bespoke yarn. I chose the shades Lilac 163 and Fresh 167. I had an inkling that a shawl might be on the cards but one that wasn't too complex in its construction so that...

Put Some Baa Baa Brew On Your Bonce!

Back in June we launched the Sprig Beanie Hat Knit Kit featuring our very own Baa Baa Brew DK hand dyed British Bluefaced Leicester yarn. Of course, June wasn't exactly the right time to be donning woolly hats but now that we're moving into Autumn, it's the perfect season to think about knitting stylish, cosy beanies to keep the chills at bay. The pattern and kits were designed and developed by Sandra Nesbitt of The Feminine Touch which, like Baa Baa Brighouse, is based in West Yorkshire. Sandra regularly designs for magazines such as The Knitter, Simply Knitting and Knit Now. Sandra discovered our Baa Baa Brew Mini Skein Boxes on Yarn Shop Day and decided our range of colours would be perfect for the mosaic hat pattern she had in mind. She teamed our yarn with some gorgeously soft natural alpaca to create the Sprig Beanie Hat Knit...

From Harris to Heather and Heath

It's no wonder that for generations the Isle of Harris has been home to hardworking crofting families and weavers that produce the world famous wool cloth, Harris Tweed - just look at the views they have to put up with! The windswept Western Isle was also home to Baa Baa Brighouse this summer as we made the 500 mile trip in search of solitude, hoping to learn about the farming and craft heritage of this rugged landscape and be inspired by it in our own work. We stayed on a working croft where the sheep wandered freely and Border Collies jumped the fences between fields whenever they felt like patrolling the flock. The house itself, Tigh Finnolagh, meaning Finlay's House, had belonged to the same family since the 1920s. The island is mountainous, full of heather clad hills and surrounded by white sandy beaches with water so crystal...

Taking Friendship Over Borders & Boundaries

It's been a little over a week since Baa Baa Brighouse launched its 'Make Britain Beautiful - Knitting the Nation Together' campaign in the wake of the referendum result and Britain's decision to leave the European Union. As I explained in my earlier blog post, there was little I could do alone to heal the wounds created by a campaign that sought to divide our society on the basest of levels. Friends of mine in the knitting community, EU citizens living and working in the United Kingdom and vice versa, have been affected by the decision and are in a state of limbo, not know what the future may hold for them. It may not have been meant personally but to many of them, it was personal. To read more on that, visit WoollyWormhead's blog, 'We Are Allowed to be Angry'.  Or take a look at Karie Westermann's blog, otherwise known as Karie...

Make Britain Beautiful Sale – Knitting the Nation Together

The events leading up to the EU Referendum and the result of Britain going to the polls to make the momentous decision to leave the European Union has taken its toll on our nation. From poorly led campaigns on both sides muddied by fear, false statistics and political slurs, the people of Britain were left feeling understandably confused, bitter and angry. It was not a landslide win for the Leave campaign, neither a significant loss for Remain - it was close, very close and has left the United Kingdom deeply divided. it has divided families, it has divided friendships. Whichever way you voted, the majority have asked to exit and no amount of name calling one another can change that. We live in a democracy and that is how democracy works. But undoubtedly there is a real sense of foreboding among us - a fear of the unknown. We are...

Yan Tan Tethera – As Easy As 1, 2, 3…

Baa Baa Brighouse set up the Yan Tan Tethera Yarn Club, an exclusive subscription yarn club that aimed to showcase the best that independent wool industry of Yorkshire has to offer, in September 2014. But for those of you who haven't signed up to the club before, we'd like to take this opportunity to provide a little more information about how it works and what you can expect. The name, Yan Tan Tethera, comes from the old Yorkshire counting system that shepherds would traditionally use to count their flock - literally it translates as one, two three. Our idea was to team up with Yorkshire based independent dyers to create unique, unrepeatable colourways, using British yarn and wherever possible, yarn that had been reared, sheared and spun right here in Yorkshire. The dyer would take their inspiration for the colourway produced from a...

We Review Little Rowan Cherish by Linda Whaley

Little Rowan Cherish is a delightful collection by Linda Whaley featuring 17 designs for babies aged up to two years. The idea was to create timeless designs for both boys and girls using yarns renowned for their softness and comfort. Cardigans, sweaters, socks, blankets and bootees are all covered in this beautifully presented book which has classic photography courtesy of Jules Mosley. Delicate lace knits such as the Imogen Dress are on offer with beautiful picot edging along with a similar cardigan version called Jessica, perfect for newborns. Cabling also features in several patterns, a technique which once learned is relatively simple but can have some striking effects and adds a wonderful degree of texture. A favourite is the cabled Blanket, ideal as a larger project but taking just eight balls of Rowan Wool...

Leeds Wool Festival 2016

Leeds Wool Festival is back for a third year this weekend (Saturday June 4th) and Baa Baa Brighouse will be heading there again with a stall packed full of goodies. As well as our own brand of hand dyed yarn, Baa Baa Brew, we'll have a selection from other independent dyers including Sylvan Tiger Yarn and Little Boo Yarns and a wide range from old favourites like Louisa Harding, Rowan, Herdy and the ever popular, West Yorkshire Spinners. You will also find Baa Baa Brew mini skein boxes, Baa Baa Brew yarn pops, Baa Baa Brighouse stitch markers, handmade charms, mugs and tote bags and a wide selection of pattern books and loose leaf patterns hand picked to support the yarn ranges we stock. We will have a few new woolly related treats to showcase too including our Baa Baa Brighouse sheep earings, a wide selection of Britanny knitting...